“I write this anonymously. I’m not strong enough to go public yet. It isn’t intended to be a ‘poor me’ story. Simply that whether childfree by choice, or childless by circumstance, we are totally invisible, or viewed as career hungry/mad cat ladies.
There is no ‘miracle baby’ ending here, therefore it’s the type of journey most untold and still one of society’s greatest taboos. I believe it’s one to share.”
I met Jonny Burch this summer at a brilliant event called People People; an event that exists to close the gap between teams that are changing the world, and the people who can unlock their potential, hosted by our mutual friend Genevieve Wastie. I admire the way Jonny is building Progression Pack in an open and accessible way. I strongly believe the design community needs to spend energy and resource on designing tools that serve us and Jonny is doing just that. Here’s what he has to say…
I met Tayo this summer and we’ve been in cahoots ever since. When we first met, I was struck by the thoughtful way Tayo confronted aspects of the “social innovation” sector that we all need to challenge. I share Tayo’s obsession with helping women overcome imposter syndrome and making design more diverse.
The work she has been doing for parents is remarkable. As a new parent I’m desperately hoping this post will also inspire more service designers to tackle the immense problems parents face.
I’m thrilled to amplify Tayo’s story and her work. Tayo works at SHIFT - an award-winning charity that designs products and builds social ventures. Here’s what she’s got to say…
Interview number 60! That’s fun! Of course, it’s my dear friend Aimee Tasker! I first met Aimee when I moved to Manchester in 2016. We are opposites in many ways but we share a strong passion for purposeful design and diversity. I’m very lucky to call Aimee my friend and I’m delighted to have an excuse to amplify her story and her thoughtfulness.
Aimee works at Common Good - a strategic design agency based in Manchester, where she works with businesses and organisations that have a strong sense of purpose and values. Here’s what she’s got to say…
Sharing your story is activism. I'm making it easier for you to tell your (anonymous or public) story by sharing my blog with you. Message me or tag someone who has a story the world needs to hear. There's no deadline. Just know this offer is always there. Thank you to my friend Marina Terteryan for sharing this story.
Last month I wrote a list about a trauma I experienced. I now know some of you would like to tell your story and you don’t because you don’t have a website or a blog to put it on. NOW you do! I’m hosting stories (anonymous and public) on my blog. Another anonymous story is published here and it is a story about infertility.
Last month I wrote a list about a trauma I experienced. I now know some of you would like to tell your story and you don’t because you don’t have a website or a blog to put it on. NOW you do! I’m hosting stories (annonymous and public) on my blog. Another anonymous story is published here and it is a story about grief.
SHIFT is looking for a creative, inquisitive and passionate Senior Innovation Lead to join them and play a central role in the development of new products and services for both SHIFT and their amazing partners.
I've spoken to many people about this feeling. The feeling I'm failing at activism. That I'm not doing enough. I'm plagued by feelings of guilt that I'm not helping, supporting, donating, championing, volunteering, marching ... enough. I get cross and disappointed at friends and peers who don't march. I'm struggling more and more to know the difference between self-care that must come first and self-care being used as an excuse to bail - in myself and other people. Some people said this feeling would diminish after becoming a parent. I'm only 3 months in and it's heightened. Sure, this might change but I doubt it. Roxane's reply is powerful and I've decided I'm going to pay attention to it. The article is here
It's Dundee Design Month! I'm really happy to be part of this epic programme of events and you can be too! I'm giving a public talk as part of the University's public lecture series (get your free tickets here) and I'm inviting people to join me on stage and be #upfront. This means you get to experience the stage without the pressure of performing. It's a brilliant experience for anyone who'd like to boost their confidence when it comes to being on stage!